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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: JUST A CAT NAP
By Loretta Leonard
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Throughout the day as I worked you could hear the cry of our cat as he followed me from room to room. We have a Bengal and they have about 20 different ways to vocalize and talk to you. Several small chatters meant that he was looking at the birds outside. In the kitchen whenever the microwave beeped, he made a cry that alerted me that it was time for his cooked chicken. He stretched out his body and reached as high as he could towards the microwave waiting patiently for his snack. If the door to a room was closed and you were inside he insistently cried outside the door until you left him into the room. A sharp and loud cry that was repeated over and over was his attempt to find me in the house, especially when he had no idea where I was. When he sat by the door going into the basement, he had a completely different sound. We had other cats in the basement and although we had tried to put everyone together, Beau Chase had decided that he was going to rule the house. More than once I had seen tufts of black or white hair flying in the house as Beau put everyone else in their respective place.
On this particular day Beau seemed restless. I thought he wanted in my lap but when he tried to snuggle down, he jumped on something else like the table or looked out the window. It seemed like no matter what I did I couldn’t figure out exactly what he wanted. It wasn’t until I sat down and stayed put for longer than five minutes that he climbed up into my lap and fell asleep. Oh, he had climbed up before and I had put him down after a while so I could go on with my tasks. But never once had I completely relaxed and forgotten all the tasks of the day.
I allowed myself time to unwind—actually calm down and let the anxious feelings dissipate. I turned on the television to watch a program and within no time the cat slowly snuggled down into my arms and fell asleep. I sat there and listened to the quiet breathing of a cat that was perfectly content to do nothing but rest peacefully in my arms. For almost an hour we just relaxed. It helped me to forget about all the problems I had been trying to solve. I realized that I had discovered a new type of joy. Just watching a cat sleep on my lap helped to clear my head and give me a new perspective. All I really had to do throughout the day was take a little time with the cat and he would have been satisfied and happy.
As I thought about this brief moment in life I realized that our relationship with God is very similar to the story about the cat. I don’t have to run around all day trying to get His attention. And I don’t have to work to find exactly what type of voice will make him aware of my presence. He’s always there but sometimes we need to be assured that everything is all right. In the security of His arms we are reassured, loved, and encouraged. Just like the cat curled up in my arms, we can feel protected in the arms of God and feel safe when He wraps His arms around us. If we will take the time to slow down the hectic pace and call upon His name, He will answer. We all need security and where else to get it than from a God who cares?
(Proverbs 1:33 “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely. And I will be secure without fear of evil.”)
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